Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Off to the beach.

I got up early Monday and went into school with Paul with the end goal of doing the grocery shopping. Since it was just after 8am the stores hadn't opened yet (even our supermarkets have an average opening time of 9-10am on a weekday). So I took the opportunity to have the first cup of coffee I have had in months and bought a pastry in a little bakery by the mall where the supermarket and other essentials are located. I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent watching the island wake up in the misty morning that occurs after we have had a lot of rain. Eventually I made my way to the shopping centre and wandered through a few of the shops for ideas on "islandy things" for Christmas presents and ideas for my hobby projects. It was quite productive in that way, so I am off to the beach today to collect some of the materials for my new ideas. It has been raining off and on all week so the walk should be pleasant. I have been trying to walk more frequently since the movement and fresh air quells the slight queasiness that comes with early pregnancy.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Sorry for the Delay!

Apologies for the long absence of information. We recently had a rather unpleasant experience here that has shaken things up a bit. We were sleeping as our one room apartment was entered and many of our valuable belongings were stolen. Thank the Lord the robbers only took our possessions and chose not to disturb us as we slept. Things might not have come out in just monetary loss. Thus we have spent some time over the last week or so counting our blessings and having burglar-proofing installed. I have also been battling various infections along with the expected tumult of early pregnancy, so all in all, blogging had just slipped to the back burner. But things are definitely improving. Today is the second day in a row that I have felt pretty much my old self and have enjoyed the productivity that is afforded by the energy I have regained.

Monday, October 17, 2005

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

These pictures have been taken in and around our apartment. The mongoose family is still doing well, although they haven't been out much lately. The moth that you see was attracted to the bug-zapper that we bought to cut down on the mosquitoes and he was way too big to get into the cage around the black light. The ring that you can see on the ledge underneath him is the bottom of a spray can of polyurethene, to give you an idea of his size. The little frog is right next the the 2x4" hand rail that leads to our apartment so you can see he is not quite an inch long. The gecko that you see on my hand has been a rooming with us for over a week now. He can be found in my closet, hanging around the bug zapper at night for easy snacks or in the shower (where I was moving him from when this picture was taken). He doesn't really like to be held unless he can't get out of trouble himself (he doesn't do well with tiles). Once on my body, he really doesn't like to get off although that may have something to do with the shiney objects he finds on my hands. Maybe it's a girl ;-)

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Monday, October 10, 2005

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Getting my feet wet :-) Posted by Picasa

One of my most recently completed designs Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 03, 2005

Keeping Busy

I suppose some would call it a short attention span, but I like to think of my interests as "diverse". For those of you that know me well, you will recognize the seemingly erratic style that typifies me in general. Whether it be clothes, food, company, or life in general, I love variety. It's not any different when it comes to my hobbies. Now that I am not working a regular full-time job, I have plenty of time to get back into many of the interests that I have taken up over the years.

Currently, I design and create jewelry from things I have collected on walks by the sea shore, as well as creating original designs using glass beads.

There has been culinary experimentation such as cinnamon rolls, casseroles, funnel cakes, and bread. This could be arguably my husband's favorite hobby that I have :-).

With the exception of the very first image on this blog, I have taken all the photos myself and continue to attempt to become a better amateur photographer. These pictures are sometimes used as the basis for images that I create using Adobe Photoshop, although I enjoy generating images myself. Both of these types of pictures I plan to eventually package and market when I get enough material and I form a cohesive strategy for doing business.

I recently discovered (with help from my husband) that I can create my own cross stitch patterns from pictures that I take. As soon as I figure out where I can get supplies locally, I plan to add that to my list of things to do.

Down the road I plan to be using this site to display some of the products of my interest. If you have a suggestion, opinion or request of what I should put up next, let me know what interests you.

The Neighbors

These are the two baby mongoose that live with their parents right outside our bedroom window. It is difficult to get a "family photo" since Mom and Dad are much more observant and wary than these little guys. When I first spotted them they were about 8-10 inches long from nose tip to tail tip. Now they are closer to 18 inches and getting chunky because they eat the chicken bones and stuff that I throw away as a supplement to their regular diet of stolen birds eggs and the snakes that we have around here. I am considering names for them but haven't come up with anything that strikes my fancy. If you have a suggestion, please post a comment and let me know! I plan to post some other things about life down here, now that I have the abililty to do it from home, so check back regularly!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Desert Rose

I thought I'd put this up for you to see. This is my absolute favorite flower that I have found so far in the Carribean. This particular plant grows in a pot outside our apartment. I asked my landlord what it was and she calls it a "desert rose" but if anyone knows anything different please feel free to let me know. I have taken several pictures of this plant in preparation to make screensavers and backgrounds to sell online. I also have a variety of shots of island landscape that I will be incorporating and eventually I would like to get some "local color" and culture shots. Meanwhile, Paul is hard at work studying for mid-terms coming up the week after next, and I am getting over a pretty thorough sunburn I got over the weekend. Thankfully, aloe vera gel is easing a lot of the discomfort. Thanks for all tose who have been keeping in contact. It has been a real blessing to stay somewhat connected to you all.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Getting Settled

After my arrival in Grenada on Saturday, things are starting to settle into a routine. Or at least as much semblence of routine that can be offered in the Carribean. Basically, few things are the same here from one day to the next. Paul's classes are not even on a regular weekly time schedule, he gets a list of dates and times for about a month and then he'll get another one when that one becomes obsolete. The overall attitude here is relaxed. So relaxed in fact that it drives some of the people from faster paced lives crazy with the haphazard ways things are thrown together. Somehow it all seems to come out fine in the end and if it doesn't..."No worries, Mon".

Anyway, I have been productive though. Yesterday, I took all day and stayed at home and unpacked, cleaned and scrubbed everything I could get my hands on and then cooked dinner for Paul when he got home. I was pretty exhausted the first few days, getting used to the heat and the walking. Now though I am almost fully functional again, I have started to get my energy back and I don't sweat nearly as much. I have started to get freckles and swollen ankles though. Paul thinks that my legs may have adjusted semi-permanently to wearing high heels all the time and now that I am always in flip-flops and walking a lot the circulation is not so good. We shall see though. Maybe I will just have to transform into Carribean Barbie ;-)

Monday, August 22, 2005

Introduction to Kate

Welcome to the bouncy, bubbly and fluffy side of the Paul Gardenghi family. All the serious and academic information can be found at ;-)
As of today, I am still in the USA. I finish working on the 31st of August and I travel to meet my husband in Grenada on September 3rd. Please feel free to email me at with any specific questions about what's going on in our lives and if I know ;-) I'll be happy to let you know.